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Book Lust: Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Book Lust is a new weekly feature on the blog that will showcase my latest MUST HAVE book. My hope is the new read will cause palpitations due to its all-around awesomeness. In the immortal words of Charlie Sheen, “winning” is going to be had all over this feature.

My latest obsession is Wither by Lauren DeStefano. I just downloaded the ARC and can’t wait to really dig in! This book will be published March 22, 2011– so mark your calendar!

The book description from Booklist: “When scientists engineered genetically perfect children, everyone thought it would ensure the future of the human race. Though the first generation is nearly immortal, a virus causes all successive generations to die early: age 20 for women, 25 for men. Now, girls are kidnapped for brothels or polygamous marriages to breed children. Rhine is taken from her hardscrabble life and sold with two other girls to Linden Ashby.

Though they live in a palatial Florida home surrounded by gardens and treated like royalty, the girls are sequestered from the outside world, and Rhine longs to escape. Her growing affection for her sister wives, her pity for Linden, and her fear of Housemaster Vaughn, Linden’s manipulative father, keep her uncomfortably docile, until she falls for servant Gabriel. This character-driven dystopia, more thoughtful than thrilling, sets up an arresting premise that succeeds because of Rhine’s poignant, conflicted narrative and DeStefano’s evocative prose. Many will appreciate the intense character drama; however, the world building is underdeveloped, with holes in internal logic.Still, this first title in the Chemical Garden Trilogy will surely be popular. Grades 9-12”

As I do with every YA novel that I read, please ignore the grade recommendation at the end. 🙂

Check out the trailer- I hope it gets you as pumped as I am:

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • You should read it soon! I was fascinated by WITHERs unique world and inventions. There are so many great dystopian novels out now:)